We have helped students from every background in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. We would like to share those stories of success, in the students' own words, to show every student how every goal is achievable and that each student can obtain his or her goals like the students we work with.
My name is Maxwell Dodd, and I am a proud graduate of Audubon High School. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.
College & Career Center advisors have been a great part of my success—they have been there for me through my trials and tribulations. I did not believe college was an option for me until I met the advisors at the College & Career Center.
Camille Pierce was a mentor in my life, helping me get into college, win scholarships, balance the demands in my life in order to excel academically, and gain confidence. I do not know where I would have ended up if I had never visited the College & Career Center. The College & Career Center became my second home. The advisors helped me become the best person I could be before I went off to college. Now I work for the College & Career Center during the summer as a member of the near peer outreach crew so that I can help other students know anything is possible if you believe in yourself.
My name is Alethia Tilford, and I am a proud graduate of Ronald Reagan High School and a current student at Howard University. Visiting the College & Career Center eventually led not only to the first scholarship I ever earned but ultimately 13 additional scholarships. I was already on a path of success when I walked into the College & Career Center, and the advisors kept me on that path as I continued to visit on a regular basis throughout my senior year at Ronald Reagan.
The College & Career Center has an NPO (near peer outreach) crew each summer, which hired me. I went to local festivals and community events, talked about the College & Career Center, and passed out flyers in order to spread the word about the College & Career Centers. Working as a member of the NPO crew allowed me to save funds for my first year of college. Also, I worked alongside amazing individuals who had been College & Career Center visitors like I was, and we went from being strangers to friends to people whom I now consider family. We spent all summer having fun together while working to help others.
That amazing summer wrapped up with the College & Career Center surprising me at the Senior Send-Off event with a big gift basket filled with a variety of necessities a college freshman would need. The Senior Send-Off is a great event that TEAM UP organizes to celebrate graduating seniors before they advance to their next stage of success in life after high school.
After earning my bachelor’s degree, I plan to earn my Ph.D. in educational administration. I hope to one day be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for Wisconsin or the senator.
My name is Tre’Quan Martin, and I am a graduate of Washington High School of Information Technology. One day when I visited the College & Career Center, an admissions representative from Morehouse College happened to be visiting as well. After speaking with the representative, I was accepted on the spot. I didn’t know much about the college at that time, but I began to research Morehouse and was immediately sold on its history alone. Not yet having received an acceptance letter from Morehouse, some of my teachers were in disbelief that I had been accepted. All became believers when nine others and I signed our letters of intent on national television and we each received a $100,000 scholarship. I received help from my school counselor as well as the College & Career Center with searching for scholarships and filling out applications, and I was additionally awarded 10 external scholarships.
Despite spending only one year at Morehouse, the entire experience changed my life. I ran track and we ended up winning the division championship; I joined the DuBois stroll team and we won the homecoming stroll-off; I joined a step team and learned an entirely new and rewarding level of self-discipline; and I learned through myriad other opportunities.
I consider many people I met at Morehouse to be family because of the bond formed in the one year I spent there. I have completed my degree at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and while I may not receive my degree from Morehouse, I will forever be a Morehouse man. I want to do so much for my community—coach, mentor, teach, or perhaps all three. My goal is to play a role in helping promising students fulfill their potential.